Kevin Hart is rethinking hosting the Oscars after talk with Ellen DeGeneres

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During the interview - set to air Friday - Hart said that when homophobic slurs and jokes he had made "a decade ago" resurfaced in December, when it was announced he would be hosting the Oscars, he was unwilling to apologize because he had already "addressed" his past homophobia. So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think. But rather than acknowledge the comments as hurtful, Hart turned defensive and refused to apologize for something he said was in his past. I am sensitive to all of that...

"I've taken ten years to put my apology to work". I look at life through a different lens, and because of that I live it a different way. "Because that was wrong".

As for Hart bellyaching about his critics hating on him, when do I start crying?

DeGeneres said she'd like him to host the Oscars so much that she called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and advocated for him. "But I don't believe in going backwards".

On Friday, Vary - who has repeatedly criticized Hart since - went on a Twitter tirade, taking offense that DeGeneres would tell Hart to defend himself against "haters". In light of the backlash, Hart revealed that the Academy had asked him to apologize or else.

United States talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out in support of comedian Kevin Hart, despite his past homophobic tweets and jokes.

Controversy continues to hound Kevin Hart after previous homophobic comments were drudged up, but it might not hurt one of his immediate job prospects.

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"I have no problem with her interviewing him provided it is a real interview", someone wrote.

Just hours earlier, Hart had told Hollywood trade publication Variety that he would not reconsider.

He added: "Either my apology is accepted or it isn't".

DeGeneres said that she spoke to the Academy and that they were onboard and felt the situation was "mishandled". The star allegedly said to Ellen that people were out to ruin him. Twitter users didn't have to comb through "40,000 tweets" worth of content to find Hart's homophobic jokes as Hart insists. I don't want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn't hear your meager apology the first time. This is a conversation I needed to have. Either I can move forward or I can't, but you can't grow as a person without mistakes.

"My understanding is that he has apologized, he has evolved in his position and I do wonder when is a person allowed to evolve, when is a person allowed to become an ally?" she then asked.

Joy Behar pointed out that Ellen is "one of the few comedians that never gets into trouble", before explaining how DeGeneres' support of Hart on her show today came with some major blowback.

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